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"John Carter is still in the atmosphere"

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           “John Carter” is a perfect example of today’s action film: fighting with no amount of story to it. The film is directed by Andrew Stanton, famous for directing everyone’s childhood favorites: “A Bug’s Life”, “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E”. Instead of following his line of great films, Stanton crashed. He failed to pull the audience to have some kind of connection with Carter.

            The amount of CGI (computer generated imagery) was beyond the charts, but what movie today is not? However, it did look good overall. Characters were just being randomly thrown into the mix. There was no storyline or clear direction the movie was aiming for. The budget of the movie was around $250 million and seems an entire waste of a budget.

           We are thrown into the politics between the Barsoomians. With the typical Disney mindset, viewers are told to follow one side, the Heliums. The Heliums also have the beautiful princess, another aspect of the Disney mindset. To me this was incorrect; we were never really given the option to view them as good nor evil; only to follow the side of John Carter. 

           The movie reminded me of many other successful movies like “Avatar” with the large green martians or Barsoomians. The large beast that John Carter defeats also reminded me of Luke defeating the Rancor in “Return of the Jedi”. I am not criticizing the story in the books at all since I have not read any of them, but the way the director, Andrew Stanton, made the movie.